Jeans and T-Shirt, would make the world a better place.
Well I am not sure that being the second to last blogger is much fun because pretty much every thing has been said at least once and in some cases more then once.
I figured I would write about one of my very first comments on this matter. Fashion just does not matter.
I know that most of you are going to disagree, and I am going hear that its an expression, and a way to set us apart and whatever arguments people want to come up with about how important it is to societies, and personal life’s, but I just do not buy it.
Here's why. Every generation looks back at the other generations and there is a little bit of a mocking attitude to how they dressed. Could we ever return to the 50’s where kids wore slacks, and men walked around in suits even if they worked at the sewer plant, and women were in dresses? Who knows, all it would take is for Versace or Armani to put it in the display windows and our fabulous herd mentality would have us dressing like it. I remember talking with some friends a few years back about how stupid we looked in our I-Zods with the collars turned up. Well guess what, its back. I can remember when I used to wear truckers hats, not because Ashton Kutcher wears them, but because I actually thought I looked good in them. It was the nylon mesh; I loved how the ends of my hair poked through the holes. Every generations has there embarrassments, and people talking about how dumb they looked. Bell bottoms area a perfect example. 10 years ago, we mocked them, now half the pants out there are bell bottoms.
I can think of some really great people in our school, neighborhood, and in my life that were not the most fashionable people. I hate to admit that I have even avoided them because I wanted to be in the popular crowd. I have waited till no one was looking and went into my brothers room and took clothes from him because I did not know how to be fashionable. I had to leave the house wearing a big coat so no one would know. As I look back now, it does not matter if people accepted me for how I dressed. I think about a good friend I have now that I shunned in my younger years because he did not dress right, he is an amazing person, one of my best friends. We have been programmed to think that. And its not just LDS, its every click its every social group (OK, not everyone, I hate hasty generalizations such as “Oh mormons do this…… I seldom hear that and can actually agree.) So a large chunk of our society have been programmed that way. I watched a documentary about MTV once. They interview the President, and he said (paraphrasing) “lets face it MTV is nothing but one continous commercial. The clothes the VJs wear their hair styles the fashions and cars and bling bling its all one big ad.” How sad that parents would let their kids discisions be influenced by this. No wonder my mom would not let us watch MTV. I applaud people like JP who have dared say I will have a stand in what my child wears.
What I really wish is that everyone would wear jeans and a t-shirt. I think that we would be a much happier society if everyone was in jeans a t-shirts. We would be more comfortable and happy if only we dressed like this. (Plus if you saw a lady on the freeway with a flat, there would be no, “I wish I could stop and help, but I am dressed to nice”)
I know that this is mostly ramblings and I am not sure if I came to a point, but I read in a newspaper once an interview with a college professor who said
“When we try to dress different, all we do is end up dressing just like everyone else that is dressing different.”
I guess what I am trying to say is that fashion comes and goes, it gets made fun of, then it becomes popular. Its fleeting, its like trying to keep your computer updated, nearly impossible without costing you a fortune. Jerry Seinfeld does a bit where he talks about how people dress in the future, meaning the shiny silky clothing and how we might as well give up on current fashion because it appears by all the sci-fi movies that we are all going to be dressing the same in the future anyway.
There are far more important things in life then worrying about our dress. Like how can we get light ranch dressing to taste more like normal ranch.
PS Can I rant about one more thing? LDS girls who wear garments, and belly shirts. I would hope after having been through the temple you would have a little better understanding of life and how unimportant wearing cute clothing really is. Come on, you are not in high school anymore buy a stupid shirt that fits.
Love you all, and I hope everyone makes themselves a great day!